Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Thursday, May 30, 2013

One of my favorite things about the horror genre is that it gives women a chance to explore our darker sides. The less than flattering clichés of the Virgin and the Whore still thrive in your standard slasher movie - but those same tropes are played with and torn apart by other, smarter horror films, like "Scream" or "The Cabin in the Woods" (where the "dumb blonde" in that case is actually an intelligent brunette wearing doctored, stupefying hair dye).

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

"Iron Man 3" will please fans of the franchise, which is said to be coming to an end with word that Robert Downey Jr. doesn't want to reprise his role as Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, although he is rumored to be on board for "The Avengers 2" (2015).

As Stark says at the conclusion – well the near-conclusion (for more on that, see this column's Credit Readers Anonymous) – of "Iron Man 3": "I am Iron Man."

Thursday, May 16, 2013

"Oblivion" is a stunning sci-fi thriller that transports you to another world: Earth in the not two-distant future.

The year is 2077, intones Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) in the prologue. An alien invasion has made the planet uninhabitable, he tells us. Surviving humans have fled to Triton, a moon of Saturn.

Jack Harper is a kind of space-age mechanic. Only, instead of repairing cars, he repairs drones, which have been developed into all-purpose super-fast, super-lethal security forces. The drones are like a three-dimensional Pac-Man and they destroy any targets in their path.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

"The Place Beyond The Pines" is a complex drama with three parallel plots telling three interlocking stories. Each is about an individual's choice, and the truth or consequences that result, depending on the choices made.

"Pines" is an indie film crime caper that is of chief interest for its clever if somewhat convoluted screenplay and a bevy of stellar performances by some of the United States' best hot young movie stars.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

It's a classic double-header tomorrow night at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

On stage will be Eddie Money, with special guest Gary U.S. Bonds.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 at the door.

Eddie Money's debut album was in 1977 and the masses immediately fell in love with his sound.

That album contained "Baby Hold On" and "Two Tickets to Paradise" and quickly went double platinum.

Friday, April 26, 2013

The number "42" will be known even farther and wider because of the biopic about Jackie Robinson, the first African-American player to play Major League Baseball.

Thursday, April 25, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area High /Junior High School Drama Club members rehearse in preparation for their production of The Wiz!, which will be shown tonight, Friday and Saturday in the high school auditorium.

The powerful silver slippers, unmistakable characters, and, of course, the long and winding yellow brick road.

Join the Palmerton Area High/Junior High School Drama Club on their quest to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz.

The club will perform their rendition of The Wiz! at 7 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday in the high school auditorium. The cost of admission is $5 for students, and $8 for adults.

Thursday, April 25, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS French horn soloists Jo deForest and Laurel Seemiller will be featured during free concert by the Lehighton Band at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Lehighton Middle School.

On Sunday, April 28, the Lehighton Band will begin its 149th season by presenting its annual Spring Concert in the auditorium of the Lehighton Area Middle School on Beaver Run Road in Lehighton.

The free concert will begin at 2:30 p.m. and will feature two high school seniors playing a French Horn duet.

Paul R. Smith, conductor of the band, has selected a varied program ranging from music of the Romantic Period up to selections from the recent movie, "Les Miserables."

Saturday, April 20, 2013

I missed this film the first time around and finally caught up with it, thanks to re-release in the wake of the awards season. The intervening months were an interesting time for this movie. It debuted to rave reviews, quickly becoming the "film to beat" at the Oscars. Then the tide turned, as critics zeroed in on the "Zero Dark Thirty" torture scenes. Emblematic is the Jane Mayer article in December 14th's New Yorker.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Why would anyone want to see "Jurassic Park" in 3D when director Steven Spielberg's blockbuster 1993 movie has been available in multiple formats for two decades?

Two words: Steven Spielberg.

And you thought I was going to say: T- Rex.

Oh, T-Rex is big and frightening -- especially in 3D.

However, T-Rex wouldn't exist in "Jurassic Park" if not for Spielberg, perhaps the United States' best contemporary director who can and does direct all genres (for contrast, see "Lincoln").

"Jurassic Park" is "Jaws" of the jungle.